Paul Feig Reveals New ‘Ghostbusters’ Will Be Reboot; Wants To Make It Scary

Posted by Matthew on October 09, 2014
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Yesterday director Paul Feig confirmed that a new, female led Ghostbusters film is officially happening. Today director Paul Feig gives us some details on the plan.

Feig gave an interview with Entertainment Weekly and you should really read the whole thing (link below) but here are the important quotes:

On whether to do a sequel or a reboot:

Feig: [H]ow do you come back into a world that’s had these ghosts and all this? It just felt too difficult. How do you do it and not screw it up? But then it was bugging me for the next few days because Ghostbusters is such a great thing and everybody knows it, and it’s such a great world. It’s a shame to just let this thing sit there. I want to see another one. My favorite thing to do is work with funny women. I was like, what if it was an all female cast? If they were all women? Suddenly, my mind kind of exploded: that would be really fun. And then I thought, well, what if we just make it new? It’s not coming into the world that existed before. It’s always hard if the world has gone through this big ghost attack, how do you do it again? I wanted to come into our world where there’s talk of ghosts but they’re not really credible, and so what would happen in our world if this happened today?

EW: So in the universe that you conceived, it’s like the world of the first two movies didn’t exist?

Feig Yeah. I love origin stories. That’s my favorite thing. I love the first one so much I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let’s just restart it because then we can have new dynamics. I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn’t gone through it so it’s like, oh my God what’s going on?

I have mixed feelings about rebooting the franchise but at this point I’d pretty much be surprised if it weren’t a reboot. Also, can we go back to calling them remakes?

On whether any original cast will return:

Well, I mean, look, those are my comedy heroes. So as far as I’m concerned, anybody wants to come back I welcome with open arms. It would just be in different roles now, but it would be fun to figure out how to do that.

On the backlash because they’re going with an all female cast:

I just don’t understand why it’s ever an issue anymore. I’ve promoted both Bridesmaids and The Heat and myself and my cast are still hit constantly with the question, “will this answer the question of whether women can be funny?” I really cannot believe we’re still having this conversation. Some people accused it of kind of being a gimmick and it’s like, it would be a gimmick if I wasn’t somebody whose brain doesn’t automatically go to like, I want to just do more stuff with women. I just find funny women so great. For me it’s just more of a no-brainer. I just go, what would make me excited to do it? I go: four female Ghostbusters to me is really fun. I want to see that dynamic. I want to see that energy and that type of comedy and them going up against these ghosts and going up against human detractors and rivals and that kind of thing. When people accuse it of being a gimmick I go, why is a movie starring women considered a gimmick and a movie starring men is just a normal movie?

Yes. This. It’s 2014 people. It shouldn’t be a thing we question anymore and it’s disappointing that it is. Sadly not surprising, but disappointing.

The entire interview is worth a read. I think Feig is a good choice for this one and I’m honestly pretty excited to see what he comes up with.

(source: Entertainment Weekly)

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